This week’s news in brief: pension rightsOn 28 Nov 2000 in Personnel Today Long live the KingHorrorwriter Stephen King co-wrotetwo of the five films that won the personneltoday.com Images of Leadershipcompetition. Readers suggested examples of inspirational leaders from the worldof movies. Two King movies – The Green Mile and The Shawshank Redemption – wereamong the winning entries. Justifications for these choices and the winners’names are in the News Features section of personneltoday.com More join New DealThe numberof public-sector employers who are taking part in the New Deal scheme isimproving, the Government has insisted. A recent Commons report highlighted a“lack of engagement” by the public sector. But ministers said last week thatmore than 4,000 New Dealers were now working for local councils. Lloyds recognisedThe LloydsTSB human resources call centre has been recognised by the GuidanceAccreditation Board for its high-quality careers management. The board, whichis funded by the DfEE to assess companies’ career management facilities, saidit was impressed by the specialist learning and careers advice the centreprovided. Positively DiverseTheGovernment has launched a new scheme to help NHS employers improve the workinglives of staff and increase equality of opportunity. Health minister JohnDenham last week officially launched the programme, called Positively Diverse,after a successful pilot scheme in 37 NHS organisations, which began in 1998.www.doh.gov.uk In need of beefing upTheEmployment Service has admitted that it needs to beef up its service foremployers. Chief executive Leigh Lewis told a Commons select committee hearinglast week that the Employment Service was trying to improve relations withcompanies. But he said the organisation had made progress by requiringJobCentre managers to go out and meet major local employers. FromFriday (1 December) the power of the courts to order the parties involved in adivorce to apportion pension rights overrides all occupational and personalpension schemes under the Welfare Reform & Pensions Act 1999. For furtherinformation see the legal guides area of personneltoday.com Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.